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Monday, April 04, 2005

2006 Primary: Should Matt Brown drop out?

Posted by Bob Brigham

NBC 10 in Providence is running a poll:

This week the jockeying is in full swing for the Democrats trying to unseat Sen. Lincoln Chafee.

We have two congressmen -- U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy and U.S. Rep. Jim Langevin declining to give up their seats.

And both of them urging the only declared candidate, Sec. of State Matt Brown to leave the race.

Former Attorney General Sheldon Whitehouse seems to be the most likely nominee to face Chafee but Brown appears ready to force a primary.

Rappers, put on your political consulting hats, and tell me.

Should Matt Brown drop out of the race for Senate?

Currently, 66% are saying No.

Last week, I looked at the 2006 Democratic Party Primary for U.S. Senate and voiced my dismay at this quote:

But state Democratic Party Chairman William Lynch said: "It's never a good thing to have primaries."

In an effort to wipe the egg off his face, Lynch showed up at a Brown fundraiser and his quotes suggest he is quite shellshocked:

State Democratic Party Chairman William Lynch said his presence at the Hi-Hat didn't necessarily mean he would support Brown over former state Attorney General Sheldon Whitehouse, who is expected to announce today his candidacy against Brown in the Democratic primary.

"The party may or may not endorse someone in a primary," Lynch said. "There have been times when the party has, and there have been times when the party hasn't."

Posted at 01:53 PM in 2006 Elections, 2006 Elections - Senate, Rhode Island | Technorati